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By Andi Bourne

Long-term project to study elk use and forage quality post-fire


December 20, 2018

Ben Jimenez, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks targeted a herd of more than 300 elk in Elk Basin on the Game Range as part of their new study that started Dec. 6. Nineteen adult female elk were collared and released.

SEELEY LAKE – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks deployed 19 GPS collars on adult female elk on the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area, also known as the Game Range, Dec. 6. This is part of a new long-term elk research project that hopes to help land managers understand elk distribution and use following wildfire.

Researchers Mark Hurley and Ross Baty studied elk distribution on the Game Range in the late 1980s and early 1990s using VHF radio collars. Their work identified migration routes, summer ranges and winter use. This was the most current data for land managers and biolo...

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